Minnesotan hurt in backup accident supports camera regulations

WANAMINGO, Minn. - When Harriet Peterson left on her morning walk in October of 2012, she had no idea how much life would change.

"I was in the hospital for nine days and I don't remember any of those," Peterson said about her ordeal.

Those nine days in a hospital were followed by three months in a nursing home, after a 16-year-old driver in a pickup truck backed away from a curb and into Peterson.

"I have a brother and that comes up big time, 'Why didn't you run?' I said, 'If I had seen him coming I would have been gone like a banshee.'"

Count Peterson among those pleased with proposed regulations that would make back up cameras mandatory in all new cars and light trucks sold in the United States by 2018. A phase-in of the cameras would begin in 2016.

"It's a very good start, very good idea who ever come up with that," said Peterson.

A report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says more than 200 people are killed each year in backup accidents, the majority of them under five years old and over 70 years old.

The agency says the cameras would add less than $150 to the cost of a new car, less than $50 if the car is already equipped with a video screen.

Peterson's shattered pelvis is now held together by metal and she has made great strides with her brain injury.

She's moving forward, but is glad others will be looking back.

"It is a very, very good idea," said Peterson. "They should have been out a long time ago."


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